Gilchrist and Younis to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame


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Gilchrist and Younis will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on December 13

Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis are set to be inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame on the first day of the third Ashes Test in Perth, which gets underway on December 13.

Gilchrist represented Australia in 96 Test matches and scored 5,570 Test runs, which included 17 centuries and 26 half-centuries, at a fantastic average of 47.60.

In his Test career, which lasted nine years, Gilchrist claimed 416 dismissals, including 379 catches behind the stumps and 37 stumpings.

He also captained his country in six Test matches.

Gilchrist also represented Australia in 287 ODIs, where he scored 9,619 runs, which included 16 centuries and 55 half-centuries, at a respectable average of 35.89.

During his ODI career, which lasted 12 years, Gilchrist claimed 472 dismissals, including 417 catches behind the stumps and 55 stumpings

The 42-year-old also played 13 Twenty20 Internationals, in which his highest score is 48.

In those 13 Twenty20 Internationals, Gilchrist dismissed 17 cricketers behind the stumps.

Gilchrist was part of the Australian squad that won the ICC World Cup in 1999, 2003 and 2007 and a member of the team that triumphed in the 2006 Champions Trophy.

“I am delighted to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and to be doing it in front of my home crowd on the first day of the third Test will be a very special occasion for me and my family,” Gilchrist said. “I’m looking forward to the day and would like to thank all the living Hall of Famers and voting academy who nominated and voted for me to join them.”

Meanwhile, Younis was one of Pakistan’s most prolific pace bowlers, claiming 373 wickets at an outstanding average of 23.56 in the 87 Test matches he played.

In his Test career, which spanned from 1989 to 2003, Younis took 22 five-wicket hauls and on five different occasions he took ten wickets in a Test match.

Younis also represented Pakistan in 262 ODIs, where he took an astounding 416 wickets at an incredible average of 23.84.

During his ODI career, which lasted for 14 years as well, Younis registered 13 five-wicket hauls.

“As I look forward to the day, I’m truly grateful to the people who’ve considered me worthy of such an honour,” Younis said.

Two more ICC Hall of Fame inductees will be announced later this month.

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